DOLE cash aid beneficiaries may only get balance from SAP —DILG

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 25) — Citizens should not avail full cash assistance from both the Department of Labor and Employment and the Department of Social Welfare and Development, an official said Saturday.

"Based sa guidelines, kung nag-avail na kayo ng ₱5,000 sa DOLE, ang ma-aavail niyo na lang sa DSWD ay ang remaining balance," Interior Spokesperson Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya said in a televised briefing.

[Translation: Based on the guidelines, if you have already benefited from the ₱5,000 assistance of the DOLE, you can only avail of the remaining balance from the DSWD.]

"Usually po, 'yan (balance) ay ₱1,500. Para ₱6,500. Dito sa Metro Manila, ₱8,000," he added.

[Translation: Usually, the balance is ₱1,500. That's ₱6,500 in total. As for Metro Manila, the total cash aid should be ₱8,000.]

The DILG urged the public to inform their respective local government officials if they have already received financial support from the two departments.

"May mga hindi nakakatanggap dahil hindi niyo dini-disclose ['yan]," Malaya said.

[Translation: Some are not getting any assistance because you are refusing to disclose that.]

"Sana 'yung mga ganito ay bayanihan na lang, [lalo na] kung tumanggap na kayo ng dalawa. You are not supposed to receive two full amounts from two agencies," he underscored.

[Translation: I hope we act as one in times like this, especially those who have already benefited from both financial programs. You are not supposed to receive two full amounts from two agencies.]

The DILG said it has already directed officials for the faster distribution of the cash aid from the DSWD.

"May schedule po tayong sinusunod. Para po malaman niyo kung kailan ang distribution ng SAP sa inyong lugar, makipag-ugnayan po kayo sa inyong mga barangay, LGUs," its spokesperson said.

[Translation: We are following a certain schedule. Coordinate with your barangays, LGUs to know the schedule of the distribution of SAP in your areas.]